Showtime for Juniors
THE Junior Hockey League (JHL) season begins today, with three Division One matches postponed due to the Asian Schools Championship in India.
Division One will have 10 teams, with League champions Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) and Overall champions Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) starting off as early favourites.
And In Division Two, 20 teams have been drawn in three groups and there are no clear favourites in this development group.
The girls’ JHL will be held simultaneously with the 11 teams placed in two groups.
The number of teams competing in the boys and girls events is huge, and this augurs well for the development of the sport at the grassroots.
And two teams in Division Two will be on a mission of their own — to increase the number of Indian hockey players in the country.
Malaysian Indian Sports Council (MISC), in collaboration with Universal Fitness & Leisure (UFL), fielded one team last season, and came back stronger this year with two teams in the Northern and Central zones.
MISC-UFL Kuala Lumpur and MISC-UFL Penang will see 41 Indian and Punjabi boys competing in the JHL.
TODAY: DIVISION ONE: UniKL Young Guns v BJSS Juniors (KLHA, 6pm).
DIVISION TWO: Group A – MSSP Stinger v MSS Kedah (Kuala Perlis, 5pm), MSSC-UFL Penang v MSSPPUSM (Sungai Petani, 5pm), USM Juniors v MSN Young Lions (USM, 6pm); Group
C: Johor Baru HA v Datuk Taha (Taman Daya, 5pm).
GIRLS’ – Group A: MSN Kedah v Sabah SS (Lela Pahlawan, 5pm), USM Juniors v CBN (USM, 4pm). Jugjet Singh